The Offaly Archives were officially opened last Thursday by the Minister of State for the Ministry of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Malcolm Noonan.
Offaly Archives is located in Unit 1F, Cluster Two, Axis Business Park.
Offaly History completed the construction of its second building in 2019 on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. The new repository is a state-of-the-art archive building, managed by a professional archivist, Lisa Shortall, that houses the collections of Offaly History and the Offaly County Library. The mix of the voluntary and public sectors under professional guidance provides a unique blend of enthusiasm, expertise and continuity that Offaly Archives can only improve over time.
This community-sponsored project secured funding from Offaly Local Development Company, Creative Ireland, Heritage Council and Offaly County Council.
Most important to Offaly History was the board support for the project and public financial support in the form of donations and interest-free loans from individuals and groups across the county. Offaly History is a non-profit foundation with a broad membership, educational program, and publication series. It’s there to work with anyone who wants to develop an appreciation for our local heritage. In this regard, the assistance of the district council, district chairman Amanda Pedlow, and the district library service has been invaluable. Offaly Archives is now an asset for the public benefit.
The establishment of a district archive service brings together years of work in collecting and preserving historical records through the Offaly County Library and Offaly History. Professional management will ensure safe access and continue the day-to-day work of the Offaly County Library and all of the county’s historical societies to build on what has been achieved.